Mon 1 June 2009, The Guardian

No quick fix for justice

By Marcel Berlins
Jack Straw was at Camberwell magistrates court in London last week to see a virtual court in operation. The word virtual is a misnomer; it doesn't mean the court is a ­cyber make-believe ­resembling a real court. On the contrary, there is nothing virtual about it. The justice secretary saw a real court in full action, with only one thing missing. The dock was empty. There was, however, a 42-inch plasma screen, and on it was the real accused, who was in fact at the Charing Cross police station a couple of miles from the courthouse, connected to it by a secure video link.
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